Tag Archives: Christmas


Of all the trees that are in the wood…

The holly and the ivy are two traditional symbols of Christmas. They are useful decorative plants inside and outside of the home at this time of year. They can be used for everything from making garlands and wreaths to simply placing on mantelpieces in a rustic display.Evergreens such as Holly and Ivy have been symbols […]

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Be prepared this Christmas

Want some advice on preparing your home for Christmas? Our Jane shares some of her top tips. “I find that keeping a special note pad for Christmas ideas and thoughts really helps with planning ahead and getting everything in good order. I recommend working to a budget and jotting down costs in your pad as […]

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A country break on Exmoor for Christmas

You can take a country hotel break with a festive twist here with us this year. We are officially launching our festive packages this week, which include the opportunity to watch deer, star gaze and experience an à la carte Christmas meal. The package includes a traditional break with all the trimmings in the heart […]

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Brussel sprouts

Brussels sprouts are the Marmite of Christmases past and present, but love them or loathe them, they are a festive foodie classic. Here are a few things you may not know about the humble sprout: You can now get ruby red Brussels sprouts if you shop around and these can be much sweeter in taste […]

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Benefits of spice

Spices at this time of year are a huge part of Christmas cooking but they also have some great medicinal uses too. Cinnamon Great in mulled wine and Christmas cake but in 2000 scientists at the US Agricultural Research Service found it revitalised the ability of cells to deal with excess blood sugar. Cloves Ham […]

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Soothing Frankincense

Not sure why the three wise kings brought frankincense and myrrh? Well it turns out they have relaxing and healing properties – something we could all do with at this hectic and exhausting time of year. Frankincense and myrrh were used for embalming and incense in ancient times. In traditional Chinese medicine myrrh was applied […]

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